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RamLad1884

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  1. It's that balance between big squad and managing the wage bill again. Lowe/wisdom/Forsyth means our defence is covered. Evans is getting back to fitness and we could pull Sibley/Bird if we lost Shinnie/Bielik.
  2. He should get injured more often, best he's looked in years 👀
  3. It's my understanding that everything you've just mentioned has already taken place over the summer. Big earners such as Johnson and Butterfield gone, replaced with modest earners like Shinnie (you'd assume) as well as youth players. I'd be very surprised if by the time accounts come out for this current season we are still on that brink.
  4. https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/10122175/Derby-mel-morris-60m-to-sell-bid-rejected/ Here's the Sun's original piece, worth noting the article said Americans had already flown in before Mel upped the price. One would hope the haggling on price isn't a sign of conservative spending/asset sales to come.
  5. Agreed, no way is this a full takeover, the words of the departing directors suggest they leave to make room for the investors, I'd imagine MM will hold majority still.
  6. I go by the words of an old football coach of mine: 'learn to win, then learn to win well'. That sticks out here. Liverpool didn't win the champions league playing all pretty football, nor Man City with the Premier League. The successful teams win games when they play poorly. Right now we've got a thin squad, some players either building up fitness or injured and an unsettled team under a relatively new system. I'd rather we win games ugly and improve over the season.
  7. Like others have said, it looks like he just tried to hit it as hard as he could and see what happens. Don't think it was a cross, he wasn't aiming for anyone, but neither was it a shot. He was being closed down and probably thought if he hit it hard enough we might can a corner or lucky deflection.
  8. When we talk about attacking full backs I think of the partnership between Brayford/Coutts a few years back. Both were capable wingers and defenders equally. What we're lacking is a player that can play the 'Coutts' role ahead of Bogle, that's able to track back and cover too. Holmes can/has played RB so it'd make sense to have those two playing interchangeably.
  9. We've also gained a fair few points in games we had no right to win (brum at home/flukey own goal today etc). The season will have these kind of games, they tend to balance each other out.
  10. Considering the amount of times Chris Martin has been messed around by us, to come back as well as retain his clear love for the club is great. Keep going the way he is and it will be the ultimate redemption story for him. A coffee with flojo would be good. It'd be interesting to see what he makes playing under Cocu after his stint at PSV.
  11. Can understand some of the changes. Malone in for Lowe though? Considering they're trying to get a settled defense why change the LB?
  12. Pulis to Rowett to Harris with a few in between? No wonder Stoke fans are turning on the club
  13. I wouldn't complain if that was the case: fast, dangerous and no regard for his own safety!
  14. Don't agree with Lawrence/Bennett whatsoever. Even if we take the morality of putting this pair in so soon, will they really be 100% focused on the game? We already know Lawrence is a confidence player, can't see him being very confident knowing a significant amount of the fans wouldn't have him in a job still, never mind in the first team. Either way, still gotta win, support the team Cocu puts out really. First time we've seen an established Bogle and Lowe together I think?
  15. I can see your logic, but honestly it would be PR suicide to put either of these anywhere near the squad right now. At least wait until the court date has passed, even if their heads were in the right place we'd be sending an awful message to the public.
  16. Not sure he'll ever be a bully type defender, plus with his pace you wouldn't want him to bulk up. He reminds me a little of the style of defender barker was though, very calm on the ball.
  17. I'm not even going to respond to your first line. While I agree that winning will likely cause most to forget, I think you need to consider for a good percentage of fans this is the most trouble we've seen at the club (think people born 90s onwards). Even that Premier season was just bad for footballing reasons really. It's a good discussion to have either way and your input is appreciated.
  18. Speaking to some fans at the game yesterday and otherwise, there seemed to be a few that genuinely felt like they couldn't support Derby over the issues over the last few months. Just curious as to whether that feeling is among the fans? Has everyone stuck by Derby no matter what, or have you felt your support tested by recent events?
  19. Dare say this one is the club making sure they have options in case Lawrence/Bennett are gone for a while/for good.
  20. Depends. Proper style winger(s) rather than wide strikers if Lawrence/Bennett don't come back. Otherwise a commanding CDM.
  21. Just a word for his post match interview too, when he first came here really sounded like he wasn't fussed about being here, rather happy to be away from Bristol. Today he definitely sounded like one of our own, plus his play today reflected that. He made a special mention for Chrissy Martin, makes me wonder whether those two will form a partnership like the Bryson/Martin pairing of the past.
  22. More fight in this team today than we've seen all season. Everyone's looked like they actually want to play and win today for a change.
  23. As others have said, gives Cocu a free hit this season to really create a team. Keogh out (maybe done for good) means either Bielik will get a consistent run at CB or another possible youngster to come through. Assuming Bennett and Lawrence won't be back around the team for a while, all those promising attackers in the academy will be watching carefully for a chance.
  24. It's a little disappointing the video has come from Huddlestone too, suggests either he was also far too drunk or he's had a serious lapse of judgement but uploading it in the first place. There's were hints from Cocu that other senior players had to step up too, if they were aware how drunk Bennett and Lawrence were they should have stepped in.
  25. Really honestly trying to see any light from this dark story. First thing was seeing Lawrence and Bennett were drink driving. Morally wrong, but forgivable if they made amends. Doesn't feel too bad. Then it turns out how fast they were going and the seriousness of the crash, not only are they Bamfords but they could potentially be jailed Bamfords. Now disappointment is turning to anger at them. And then the Keogh injury. That's physically sickening. The fact that he was liked by so many fans, not for his ability but the leader he was. Time after time he has been referenced as a the absolute best captain, looks after the players and encourages the youngsters. Even as a full grown bloke I looked up to the guy. By all accounts he would have been considered a legend at the club, seeing us through various stages and styles. Heart on his sleeve etc. Not only has he ruined his own legacy, but he may have broken the mind of many youngsters at the club. If we collapse now, we'll be known for this crash and the legacy of the club goes with it. He might be disappointed at the injury, but he'll be far more disappointed at such a likely bitter end to his career.
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